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Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord Survival Tips

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Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord is a medieval RPG, a cult classic that simulates life.  Surviving in the game can be pretty daunting, especially for those who never played the original game. But don’t worry part of the fun in Mount and Blade 2 is failing and learning from what you did wrong. Because of course, this is a life simulation and life is full of failures. But with some helpful Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord tips you can live longer and survive the hardships of medieval life.

Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord Tips – How to Survive

One of the main things you should focus on in Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord is getting yourself a posse. Having companions in your party. The larger your party is the more chance you will have of surviving this harsh open world.  As you traverse the landscape you’ll come across many groups of looters and bandits just waiting to take you down.  At least have 20 soldiers with you in order for a fighting chance against large groups of looters. You can visit different villages and towns to speak with NPCs and convince them to join your group. You can later upgrade your soldiers to make them stronger. Keep in mind that most villages won’t give you access to the full recruitment pool until you have a better relationship with them. Complete related quests to form a bond and get the best soldiers for your party.

Move If You Have To

You do not have a home in Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord. Keep this fact in mind when playing the game. Of course, you can create a home and even have a family, however, home is where the heart is. The kingdoms are large and different sections of it offer different opportunities. If you are not happy with where you are then don’t be afraid to relocate to a different, better location. Kingdoms are different from one another so expect different types of armor and weapons on offer. Kingdoms also have different economies, some are great while others not so much.

Realistic Mode Is For Hardcore Players

One thing should be made very clear to you, DO NOT play the game on realistic difficulty. There are no heroes in Mount and Blade so don’t try to be one by accepting the challenge. Compared to other RPGs, the difficulty setting of this game is pretty daunting for newcomers. There are three modes – Easy, Very Easy, and Realistic. If you go with realistic enemies will kill you with one or two hits. If you do not have an idea of Mount and Blade’s combat system we do not recommend the realistic mode. Start off with easy or very easy and once you have a handle of things you can change the setting any time you want.

Get Gold

If you want to dominate the world of Mount and Blade 2 there is no better tip than telling you to get gold. Farming gold is the key to success in the game. It is really hard getting off the ground in the game because you start broke. However, if you are good with the sword you can take part in tournaments to make some early cash. There are other ways to get gold later on.

Shield Is Your Best Friend

As far as Mount and Blade 2 tips go, this one is in the top 3 most important for sure. If you wish to survive your combat engagements, get yourself a good shield. There are some powerful weapons in the game but most of them are two-handed. Those unfamiliar with the combat timing should stick to the basic sword and shield. You can block enemy attacks with a two-handed weapon but that requires flicking your mouse, a trick hard to master. Having a shield will protect you and make life easier.

Have Ample Food Supply

You need food to survive in Mount and Blade 2, and the same is the case with your party. All of you will eat the food available in your inventory. It is of utmost importance that you keep a healthy food supply at all times. Hunger can affect troop morale. Look at the bottom right of the screen to see your food consumption rate and how many days of food you have left. You not only should feed your party but feed it well. The grain is cheaper but it won’t boost their loyalty much. Give them quality food for a decent moral boost.

Don’t Accept Every Quest

Since Mount and Blade 2 is a deep RPG, failing quests have consequences. If you accept every quest you come across and fail at most of them,  quest givers will like you less. Early on you might feel that doing everything will give you more gold and resources but that could backfire. Early on, accept quests you are confident about.  Complete easier quests until you can build at least a party of 20 people before starting to take on harder quests.

These are all the tips that you help you survive in Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord. Need more information? Check out the Mount and Blade 2 Wiki.

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